What a season it has been for Porto in Portugal, under the management of André Villas-Boas the club has won the treble of the Primeira Liga (Portugese league) the Taça de Portugal and the Europa League. Highly rated Boas has steered Porto through an unbeaten league season where they finished over 20 points ahead of second placed Benfica, with the subsequent success in the cups causing his and Porto’s stock to skyrocket. As such Boas and his best players have been eyed by the giants of European football, with teams like Chelsea Barcelona Manchester United and Real Madrid being credited with an interest. However, we will look in more detail at the future of star striker Radamel Falcao in this article.
Radamel Falcao is the 25 year old star striker of the Porto team, hailing from Columbia he has become a sensation at the Portuguese club having scored 73 goals in his 2 seasons at the club. This represents a phenomenal return on his 85 appearances, and as such the vultures have begun to circle over Porto baying for the signatures of their prized assets, and the Columbian Falcao is certainly one. So firstly let’s examine the potential suitors for Falcao, with the quotes emanating from the striker’s agent this week shining some light on his potential destination stating:
So according to Mossi the most likely destination for his client is England, and more specifically North London. Yet, which of the North London clubs will Falcao eventually choose and will his decision be a fruitful one for him and for his new club? Tottenham’s interest is of no surprise to anyone due to their lack of a genuine world class striker, and their overdependence this season upon goals from midfield to compete.
Tottenham’s group of four strikers, Peter Crouch (4), Jermain Defoe (4), Robbie Keane (0) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (10) contributed 18 league goals combined this season, which is the same number as Robin van Persie scored on his own. This fact has not escaped Redknapp who argued that:
“Normally Defoe would have had 18 goals by now. Crouchy hasn’t scored many – he’s scored his goals in Europe … We’re still in it without the frontmen scoring the goals they should have done.”
Thus, it’s clear that Redknapp appears to be in the market for a striker, especially after his rebuffed bids for the likes of Aguero and Llorente in January. With the service from Bale and Lennon on the wings I feel that Falcao would thrive at White Hart Lane, yet it isn’t here that I feel he will transfer to in the summer.
The place that I feel that Falcao will be plying his trade next season is Arsenal, with the opportunity of higher wages, better team mates and the opportunity to test himself against the very best European opposition in the Champion’s League. It makes very little sense for Falcao to move to Tottenham and play in the Europa league after winning the tournament with Porto and having the opportunity to play in the Champion’s League with Porto next season. Quite frankly it would be a nonsensical move for the Columbian. Whereas in joining Arsenal Falcao could play against the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney in next season’s Champion’s League. Furthermore, Falcao could pocket increased wages and play alongside quality players such as van Persie, Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere.
Will Arsene Wenger break the habit of a lifetime and spend big money on a ready made talent? Only time will tell, but the move would be mutually beneficial for both parties with Arsenal gaining a world class striker and Falcao having the chance to test himself against the best in the world.
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